How about a members' bikes' pics section where any and all modifications are also listed. This could be contained in a member's profile. Members could update pics/info and how-to's, which could be categorized by bike, mod, brand, or member at the top level.
When a member does something new to his bike that he would like to tell everyone about, he can post a topic in the forum and include a link.
Burns off topic rants are fine ... political topics (particularly grossly biased ones) are always going to generate flames .. has to be expected.
Extra content = more value for my subscription buck, that's how I see it. I would "rather" it be motorcycle related... but reality is when I sit around with my friends after a ride, we don't always talk about bikes either ... so, keep it up.
A Red Ryder Ranger Rifle with a compass in the stock...
I would appreciate more quantitative reporting within the motorcycle and product tests. i.e. mpg, maintenance costs, dynometer for bikes. Maybe crash tests for safety gear. (We could strap a helmet onto Burns's head and see how it mitigates the impact of his head against a wall.) Finally, how about a collection of good places to go riding?! You could even make that interactive. Where people post and vote for their favorite riding spots.
How about more pieces based on rides to nowhere. Review yesterday's or the latest/greatest bike. Talk us thru the bike's particular qualities, and whatever is on your mind, women, politics, whatever. That's what I do when I ride.
you ****ers!, classifieds, keep them free!, you were always reminding us they were NOT free!, the auction site is about as lively as Burns' sex life. The off topic ***** is OK as long as it don't go off into a parallel universe. After crying and whining forever about being broke you finally got our subscription $$, now PRODUCE!!!
Get rid of that KPaul guy that hates MO and loves to tell us about it
Hey when is the last time I complained I'm a changed man. I love MO Kick me out if you like but I will then become a martyr for all the folks that dared to criticize Harley, the AMA, and Burns. Actually I have recently agreed with Burns. Does this mean the Highwayman gets to stay??? wah wah.
Bike/Equipment reviews, especially comparisons, are really useful but I think the holy grail is offering a framework for groups of a particular make/model, to have a forum/list/pix/database/bookmarks/etc.
What's really great about the Internet is that people can form a community in it, regardless of where in the world they are. As a 5-month owner of a V-Strom, myself and several hundred other guys have recently done this for our common ride. Actually we've done it twice. We've used Yahoo Groups, which isn't bad, but it isn't perfect. The group, like many others, is surprisingly dedicated, enthusiastic and helpful. I also follow the Yahoo Group for KLR650s, which is up to 2500 members. Delphi has some groups also, but they also seem somewhat limited.
If you wanted to (I know it would be a ****load of work, and consume gobs of storage and bandwidth), the world could use a great forum hosting system to handle 75 to 150 groups oriented around popular motorcycle models. The groups would probably pay a small amount per year; but I think you're advertisers would go orgasmic to get at tens of thousands dedicated riders, in focused channels. Yeah, it would also take years to get a large number of large groups migrated over, but you're in this for the long-haul, aren't you?
Anyway, that's my 2 cents. I also vote for babes, and if Burnsy wants to rant and rave now and then, let him.
I second this post! Something along the lines of what Motorcyclist magazine does. Pick an old bike that is either holding up particularily well, or one that has developed a cult following, and do a partial review.
Or...how about a section entitled "So, you have $2000 to spend". Pick the best cruiser, tourer, sportbike, etc. for the given price. I can see it now...in the sub $1000 sport category, which is better, the '77-'78 Honda CB750F, or the Kawi 900, or the Suzuki GS? What is the best bike to take to Alaska and back for less than $2000? Anybody can take out a loan and have a great bike, but the real fun starts by trying to have a blast on a budget! (I keep trying to convince myself of that, at least it would make for some interesting reading)
And....MORE DIRT! Motocross is growing just as fast as street riding, if not faster. And it makes you a much better street rider. Sliding doesn't seem like such a big deal anymore.
Does anyone let you keep a bike long enough for a long-term test? That is one of my favorite features of some of the print rags. One of them has a ZX12R and a ZX9R as long term loaners and I like to keep up with their mods and comments. Also Touring around the World is a favorite of mine, not so much into the touring type bike as the experience. Keep up the good work. Clem.
More content about great places to ride our bikes. Have you ever taken a gander at: http://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm This guys site kicks your ass for ride content. He doesn't even ask for $12 a year!
When was the last time your guys went motorcycle camping with your son our daughter? When was the last time your went group riding under 100 MPH and took the GF/SO a long for the ride?
I asked for ride content years a go and you blew me off way back then. Here you are asking the same information again...why? You didn't listen the first time...
I don't give crap about track times, 1/4 mile time etc. Ride the damn bikes on the road with the rest of us suckers.
Drop the automatic posting of press releases by the mfgs. Chrage them ad rates to post this crap. I don't want to read sh*t on the web from nor about Aria after their Internet ban on helmet sales. I've got their "no Internet" right here...!
How about some service information? If it cost $300 every 5,000 miles to service a bike tell us about it. Oh, that might upset the mfg. So friggin what!
Where are the product test? I just bought a Takai riding jacket. I don't have a clue how it compares to other jackets...but I can find the latest track times for the same old race bikes. Printed over and over again by every rag in the industry. How about a bargain glove comparo, may be some hydration products, what about a few brake pads, god forbid a spark plug info article. It's not like we don't have to buy this stuff.
How about a few article from the dealers/counter worker/mechanic perspective? What is it like to work in the "power sport/motorcycle industry?"
I'm sure you get the hint...the stuff not near as fun as a track day...
First, more detail about the bikes. Am I the only reader who cares about alternator output? How about the cost of a set of plugs, air filter and oil filter? How about the flat rate time for a valve adjustment?
I know this is pointless because the manufacturers would never allow it and you probably don't have the time but a look inside the engine of a long term (i.e. >=10K miles) bike would be very interesting. Are the cam bearings blue? Are the main and rod bearings looking good? I think this is valuable information. Cycle did this in the old days and the German magazines still do it to day.
What you shouldn't do: You should not copy JohnnieB's other employer's latest trick. Was anybody else as offended as I was by Cycle World's disguising a six page add for the Z1000 as editorial content in the November issue (see pages 39 to 43 inclusive)? I expect this kind of crap at Motorcyclist, that is a big part of why I let my subscription end, but I thought Cycle World had slightly higher standards.
What is the point of comparing stock bikes in a brief shootout piece when in the real world practically no one leaves their bike stock -- you don't have sex with your clothes on do you? In my experience, pipes, jetkits, powercommanders, saddles, suspension, etc. totally transform the machine and add much needed character (especially in the case of Hondas). Some bikes run so poorly with factory settings (Ducati, Harley, etc...) why bother testing them in their virgin state? The point is solicit vendors to donate bolt-on parts and do a long term test series with the modified machines. We can all take away knowledge from this. Hell, it may even be fun -- even with your clothes on.
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